(Closed) Looking for alternative to insane Torrey Pines fees!

posted 6 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

OMG really!  Do they understand it’s just the 4 of you and it’s still the same?  Does it matter if it’s a weekday or not?  It’s probably to guarantee no other weddings for your day but that’s insane. 

That is more than a national park.  It’s $50 for Yosemite and Grand Teton NP.  I’ve checked!

What about renting a pavilion or other place in that park?  Not sure if this park has pavilions.

 

How about a neighboring state park?

http://www.parks.ca.gov/ParkIndex/

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Why can’t you just happen to go hiking in a white dress….and have an officiant and your Fiance with you…and say a photographer happened to walk by and offered to take photos? I’m assuming it would be a short ceremony anyway. Marry and dash? Tongue Out

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

What kind of budget are you hoping for? I think $500 is pretty darn cheap for San Diego! Basically you want a free place? You could just go to the beach and have a wedding, not sure if you can serve alcohol though. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

I gotta ask why you need to tell them?  If you can go hiking and hang out for free, why not just do that in your wedding outfit?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@yellowshoe:  Marry and dash?  <– That’s great! 

 

@Berushka:  While I’m sure that is a good price considering the area that you’re looking at (general venues), that does seem a bit outrageous considering what you’re paying for.  Have you tried talking to someone to see if they can cut you a deal?

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@yellowshoe:  Haha!

 

SimpleGifts, I think it’s not even for a venue or facility.  It’s probably for the view over the ocean, I’m thinking.  Torrey Pines is on the ocean right?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m an 8 minute drive from Torrey Pines as I write this. It’s gorgeous. I agree that $500 is very steep for a 4-person ceremony, but also that’s it’s reasonable to expect some fee for use of the park in general. Do you have your heart set on a particular spot in the reserve? Because it’s public, you might find some visitors have snagged it already and, without a permit, you’d just have to rely on their good will if you wanted them to step aside. But if you’re not asking the park to grant you priority over any other visitors, I’d say just pay the parking fee, drive up, and wander til you find the spot you love the most. (What I’d do personally — even if I wasn’t local — is get a membership to support the park at a level a bit higher than the parking fee, and also maybe just to show a ranger if one happened on the scene: “Look! We’re memebers!”)

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Also, congrats! I hope you have a great time in San Diego!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Balboa:  Great idea!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

As a wedding coordinator I have learned, introduce the word wedding and they immediately see multiple dollar signs. 

If you ladies want to keep the costs down or see what places are really charging you…mention that you are having a family get together. Its not a fib its the truth. Its a family get together where you will just so happen to be the only one wearing white!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@yellowshoe:  I like your way of thinking. I was going to suggest the same thing. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Mission Trails Regional Park is super pretty too– there’s a lake and lots of different types of areas (medows, trees, lake, fields, etc.) Don’t know about cost, but I’d say, for something that small, it’s better to beg forgiveness than ask permission. 

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